Golfers scramble for low scores at TJ tourney

04_golf_0383TRACKING  — Cowboy golfer Justin Salois watches his ball as his chip shot heads towards the cup at the divisional tournament.  Photo for the I-O by Amy Salois





The summer season is here and the first big tournament for the Pondera Golf Club is slated for June 11.

This year the Todd Johnson Memorial has been moved up from August to the June 11 date.

Golfers will blast off the tee boxes at the PGC in the annual Todd Johnson Memorial tourney beginning at 9 a.m.

The two-person scramble event will have teams playing 27 holes. It is limited to 45 teams.

Over the years this tournament has become a golfer’s favorite and almost a reunion, if you will, as it draws former graduates from outside the area to come back and tee it up one more time for the “TJ” as it has become to be known.

The entry fee is still only $35 per player.

For this, you get to play 27 holes of golf and chomp down on a pretty good dinner after. There is also a deuce pot to enter and a bunch of cool prizes to be given away.

Another reason this tournament is popular is because it uses a modified Stableford scoring system.

For example, instead of marking a five for a par at the first hole, the scramble team would put down a zero. A birdie (4) would be good for three.

An eagle will get you five points and if you pull some luck out of your golf bag and score an Albatross, a double-eagle two on a par-five hole, the team would score eight points.

Going in the other direction, which you don’t want to do, a bogey would be a minus (-1) one on your score card. And, if you know you are going to score more than a bogey, you might as well pick up for that hole, the most you would take is a minus three. This also helps to speed up play.

Nevertheless, it’s best to try and avoid the -1 and -3 scores. But, that looks better than marking down a natural double bogey, which would be a six on a par four hole.

Be prepared to spend the day on the PGC score having fun. Golfers are flighted after they play the first nine holes.
Seniors and women golfers play 18 holes.

Proceeds from the tournament go to a scholarship fund for Cowboy and/or Cowgirl golfers.

Last year, Lee Diedrich and Ryan VanDyke blistered the field and the 6,516 yard golf course with a +30 to take top honors.

For more information about the tournament and to enter a team, contact Ryan VanDyke at 278-7575 or 278-7041 or call Terri Jo at the PGC, 278-3402.